Last week, Kansans elected Republican Scott Schwab as Secretary of State. During the campaign, Schwab said, “Crosscheck is pretty darn good” vowing to continue operation of the inaccurate and insecure program in 2019.
Don’t be fooled by the Ivy League education or his prolific and lucrative moonlighting all across the country providing his (ineffective) legal services: Kris Kobach is a really bad attorney.
Kansas attorneys from across the state, including Republicans, Independents and Democrats, have formed a group to support gubernatorial candidate Laura Kelly. “Kansas Attorneys for Kelly” focuses on an issue that, so far, has not received much attention in the campaign, which is, setting aside his policies and positions, Kris Kobach is not a good attorney. And if Kobach is bad at his chosen profession, why would voters want him to be chief executive of the state?
Kris Kobach is asking to lead Kansas as governor. What can we expect if he takes us "under his wing" like he promised to do of the Crosscheck program?
He successfully expanded its use from 16 states in 2010 to a peak of 29 states in 2014. He marketed himself heavily based on Crosscheck, claiming it was an "essential" program.
But aside from his successful self-promotion, how has he done with Crosscheck?
We did not succeed in hacking the network because we didn’t try.
The following is a guest blog post from Netragard, Inc, originally published here and reposted with permission.
The KS Secretary of State's office runs Crosscheck, a simple database comparison of voter records from multiple states (28 in 2017) to check for duplicate registrations. Kansas has been running the program for over a decade at no cost to member states.
If the private voter data send by member states to Kansas were to be mishandled or hacked either in transit to or from Kansas or while in the database, Kansas would be legally liable.